About Us

Evolve Integrated Health Specialists

At Evolve, our mission is to revolutionise New Zealand’s healthcare industry and raise the quality of your life by providing world class systems and cutting edge techniques.

Located in the retail level of the Yellow Pages building, 604 Great South Road; Greenlane, we provide a warm and friendly atmosphere with specialist medical professionals and instructors who are highly skilled in diagnosing and treating acute and chronic injuries;

  • Musculoskeletal injuries such as back, neck, shoulder and knee pain
  • Sports injuries
  • Acute and chronic injuries
  • Pre and post surgery rehabilitation
  • Prenatal and postnatal exercise
  • Enhanced Personal training

You need to move well before you move often.

Can you afford to be stopped in your tracks with an injury? Ok, so you’re right – some things we can’t avoid such as contact injuries, accidents that weren’t your doing or just plain ole’ silly things we do that cause an injury. We honestly prefer to see you when you’re not injured so we can address the handbrakes or the software glitches that you are likely to have developed (but that you’re not aware of!) that will indeed be setting you up for sub-optimal performance and potential non-traumatic injuries.

So how do we do this? Our physiotherapists are additionally trained in the worlds current leading systems such as Functional movement systems by Gray Cook and Lee Burton (FMS, SFMA and YBT), Neurokinetic therapy by David Weinstock and McKenzie MDT (the internationally acclaimed method of assessment and treatment for spinal and extremity pain developed by our own New Zealand Physiotherapist Robin McKenzie)

The ‘Evolve Experience’ involves a multi-disciplinary research-and-evidence-based team approach to help our clients.  This is the same approach used with elite athletes at all levels and is the best way to achieve success and maximize results.  Our services include physiotherapy, Womens Health, podiatry, acupuncture, pilates, yoga, movement and performance screens, enhanced personal training and exercise rehabilitation.  If appropriate, we will refer you for imaging and specialist review, liaising with only the top orthopaedic surgeons, sports physicians and pain specialists in Auckland.

Current leaders around the globe share a common mindset – that is that the future of healthcare is not needing it.  Although Physiotherapists are known to be the experts in treating injuries, please know that you DO NOT need to be injured to benefit from physiotherapy.

Meet the Team

Our team is highly experienced in treating a variety of injuries and conditions.  We are post graduate trained including McKenzie MDT certified, Mulligans technique, functional movement systems (FMS, SFMA and YBT) certified and are experts in the field of exercise prescription, reducing injury risk and performance.

The Evolve clinic prioritises patient education, using movement analysis and testing to back our findings and facilitate understanding of what’s really going on with your body. Why? Because heightened self-awareness means lasting results.

Pure and simple.

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Gemma Monachino

(Director)

Gemma Monachino (Physiotherapist Acupuncturist) is a consult therapist and co-owner of Evolve Integrated Health Specialists. In 1997 at age 22 as a single mum Gem left NZ and immigrated to Canada with her then 5 year old daughter. After a successful competitive equestrian career Gem found herself in Canada with no horses to ride, and basically fell into the health and fitness industry which launched her career! Then she pursued an elite athlete career and eventually represented Canada at the World Championships (Sports Aerobics).

Now she has over 20 years’ experience in the exercise rehab/health and fitness industry working with Olympic medalists, World champions, weekend warriors and special needs populations in Canada, the United States and New Zealand. Gem is proudly on the McKenzie Institute NZ committee with a purpose to improve education around managing lower back pain. She is also currently studying her Masters in Sports Physiotherapy.

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Gamu Kudzotsa

Physiotherapist

 

Gamu Kudzotsa is a Physiotherapist (Otago Graduate) and a clinical Pilates instructor with a certificate in Dry Needling, SFMA (Selective Functional Movement Assessment) and FMS level 1 & 2 (Functional Movement Screening). Gamu is also trained in Neurokinetic therapy.

She has a particular interest in managing in lower back injuries and is trained in the Lumbar spine (Part A) McKenzie Mechanical Diagnosis and Treatment. Her greatest passion is helping people and making a difference in their lives. She believes in 100% commitment to her patients and asks for the same in return. She is very active and enjoys all sports especially Basketball.

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Kimiora Grey

Physiotherapist

Kimiora (Kimi) Grey is originally from Nelson and grew up dancing and playing netball. After graduating college, she went on to study a three-year full time course in contemporary dance at the prestigious New Zealand School of Dance in Wellington. She sustained a knee injury in her final year and was unable to continue dance as a professional career so she moved to Auckland to pursue Physiotherapy at The Auckland University of Technology. She graduated with a BHSc (Physiotherapy) and was also presented with ‘best’ clinical student. Her experience includes working with the Warriors Rehab cup team and The Kiwi ferns. Kimi enjoys Pilates, Yoga and running to keep fit and also enjoys tramping trips around New Zealand. Kimi incorporates her knowledge of dance with Pilates, yoga, and Physiotherapy to provide a unique rehabilitation experience for her patients and clients.

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Tareeza Whitehouse

Pilates Instructor

Tareeza is a Pilates and fitness instructor. She has a Diploma in massage therapy and teaches Ceroc dancing in which she has held both national and international competition titles. She has also travelled extensively and enjoyed the vibrancy and diversity of many cultures and countries.

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Holly James

Specialist Physiotherapist

Holly is a UK trained physiotherapist and since graduating with a Physiotherapy BHSc from Cardiff University she has gained wide experience in musculoskeletal, neurology and respiratory fields. However, her passion is for musculoskeletal rehabilitation. She has been able to develop this role with an extended scope of practice and speciality in Women’s Health.

Holly is level 1 trained in Neurokinetic therapy and holds a certificate in Dry Needling. She loves seeing her patients thrive.

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Pasquale Monachino

Co-director

Pasquale Monachino is co-director of Evolve Integrated Health Specialists. You will generally find Pasquale at the reception area taking care of the day to day and behind the scenes non-clinical duties of the clinic.

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Hannah Lawrence-Marshall

Pilates Instructor

Hannah is a runner at heart, loving the simplicity yet challenging nature of the sport. She spent 5 years competing and training in Gunnison Colorado, USA. Initially this move was for an athletic scholarship to WSU. Following graduation she continued to compete at an elite post collegiate road and track racing until picking up an injury which forced her to give the running up. It was her determination and extensive cross-training during rehabilitation from this injury where she picked up cycling and swimming. Hannahs’ classes are both technical and challenging. Her classes are fun and suit all levels.

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Dexter

Guard Dog

Evolve is lucky to have a superstar therapy dog named Dexter! Dexter is a two year old cavoodle. He loves to meet and great all clients on their arrival to ensure they are welcomed appropriately. He’s also a real snuggler and loves a good cuddle! Dexter loves hiking and swimming in the Waitakeres. He also enjoys walks around the local business area at lunchtime with his bestie Marina.